Although the car we now know as the 2017 Ford Fiesta has only been with us since 2010, the current model is actually the sixth-generation of the fabulous Ford sub-compact. This current generation has also been on sale since 2008, but that's over in Europe where it was originally developed. The phrase, "sub-compact" can sometimes suggest compromises that have to be endured in the name of a small footprint and impressive fuel economy, which are undoubtedly key features in this area of the market. It's probably fair to think that way when you look at some of the Fiesta's rivals, but there's absolutely no settling for anything below-par when it comes to the little Ford. The Fiesta is every bit as small and economical as you'd expect and want it to be, but that's only the start. With closer examination you'll soon realise it's also incredibly well put together, devastatingly attractive and modern, and masses of fun to drive in every trim.
The 2017 Ford Fiesta also means absolutely no compromising when it comes to choice either, as there are sedan and hatch body styles, three engine options, four different trims and even three transmissions to select from. If you're in the market for a new car in this segment, it's hard to imagine there not being a Fiesta to meet your needs.
The standard engine in the 2017 Ford Fiesta is a 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit developing a perky 120 horsepower and 112 lb.-ft. of torque, which sends the power through either a five-speed manual or a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission to the front wheels. While the base S model only comes with the four-cylinder 1.6, the higher trims of SE and Titanium are also available with the global award-winning, three-cylinder, 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. This incredibly well regarded and hugely popular little powerplant gives buyers 123 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque to play with, and there's also a five-speed manual transmission available to enhance its fun-to-drive characteristics even further.
If you want the most power the 2016 Ford Fiesta can currently deliver you'll need to go for the sporty ST version, which is bound to put a smile on any keen driver's face with its exceptional 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine producing 197 horsepower and 202 lb.-ft. of torque, which certainly isn't to be sniffed at in such a compact and lightweight package.
The European development heritage of the Fiesta means it's a car that's been designed to deal with the narrowest of twisty roads, which is why it copes with that kind of challenge pretty much better than anything else in its class. When you're looking for a small, economical car but overall driving enjoyment is still a high on your list of priorities, the 2017 Ford Fiesta is a really solid choice that's a tough act for its rivals to beat.
Filling up a car with fuel in most European countries is a pretty expensive affair, so excellent fuel economy is a huge attribute the Fiesta came equipped with with it when it made its long overdue journey across the Atlantic. The standard 1.6-litre offers fuel economy figures of 8.5 L/100 km in the city and 6.5 L/100 km on the highway with the manual transmission, and 8.7 L/100 km and 6.4 L/100 km for city and highway driving respectively, with the automatic. The sensational 1.0-litre EcoBoost is even better with ratings of 7.5 L/100 km in the city and 5.5 L/100 km on the highway.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.